Our People


The President

The President of Girl Guides Victoria is the Honourable Linda Dessau, Governor of Victoria.

On 1 July 2015, the Honourable Linda Dessau AM was sworn in as Victoriaā€™s 29th Governor, the first female in the role.

Immediately before her appointment as Governor, she was President of the Melbourne Festival, Chair of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Victorian Regional Committee and a national Board member of the Trust, a Commissioner of the Australian Football League, a Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria, a Board member and former Chair of AFL Sportsready and Artsready, a Board member of the Unicorn Foundation, and a Patron of Sports Connect.

In 2010 the Governor was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to family law, and the community.

State Commissioner

The State Commissioner for Girl Guides Victoria is Mrs Lynne Emblin, OAM. Lynne assumed this role in January 2014 after serving as Assistant State Commissioner for the previous two years.

“It is a great privilege for me to be State Commissioner of Girl Guides Victoria. I follow in the footsteps of many pioneering women who gave our organisation such a firm foundation to build on. For over 100 years many girls and women have benefited from the knowledge gained through being a guide and  we are very fortunate to have dedicated volunteers who are prepared to share their expertises to ensure our girls have a positive experience.

We are also part of global community and this provides our members with opportunities to connect with guides and girl scouts around the world.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible during my term as State Commissioner as I travel around Victoria.”

Lynne Emblin
State Commissioner

Governance Chair

The Governance Chair of the Executive Committee of Girl Guides Victoria is Ms Margaret Hansford.  She has been a member of the Executive Committee since May 2015 and Governance Chair since January 2017.

Margaret is a Management Consultant and has experience in service provision, policy management and program development.

Chief Executive Officer

The Chief Executive Officer of Girl Guides Victoria is Ms Shannon Cheal. Shannon oversees and implements the strategic direction of Girl Guides Victoria and ensures that GGV meets all statutory and legislative requirements. Shannon is responsible for the management of all salaried staff, and oversees the state and federal grant programs.

Executive Team

Tess Birch

Occupation: Lawyer
Executive Member since: 6 June 2016
Experience: Legal experience, governance, corporate fund raising, guiding experience

Holly Bracken

Occupation: Secondary School Teacher
Executive Member since: 28 May 2011
Experience: Education, administration, leadership experience and strong Guiding experience

Kathryn Brown

Occupation: Chartered Accountant
Executive Member since: 2 February 2019
Experience: Auditing, banking, fund management

Ann Cook

Occupation: Retired Manager, Research and Writing
Executive Member since: 30 May 2015
Experience: Administration, extensive Guiding knowledge, personnel management

Lynne Emblin

Occupation: Physiotherapist
Executive Member since: 1 January 2014
Experience: Extensive Guiding experience, personnel management

Margaret Hansford

Occupation: Management Consultant
Executive Member since: 30 May 2015
Experience: Service provision, policy management, program development

Janelle Howell

Occupation:  Risk Management
Executive Member since:  30 May 2015
Experience:  Risk and compliance experience, governance

Tina Kuek

Occupation: Senior Policy Officer
Executive Member since: 2 February 2019
Experience: Policy, Guiding experience, humanitarianism 

Elise Melican

Occupation: Paralegal
Executive Member since: 28 May 2011
Experience: Governance, legislative compliance and policy making

Helen Reid

Occupation: Librarian
Executive Member since: 25 May 2019
Experience: Management, research, Guiding experience

Lynda Sanders

Occupation: Property and Commercial Lawyer
Executive Member since: 28 May 2018
Experience: Law, child protection and social work, property.

Michele Stokes

Occupation: General Management
Executive Member since: 28 May 2018
Experience:Ā Strategy, Growth, Business Development, Guiding Experience

Pam Woodhams

Occupation: School Administration
Executive Member since: 1 March 2011
Experience: Finance, management

Members of the Management Team

Members of the Staff Team

Our Organisational Structure